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The teams involved in micro mold production

Micro molding a component involves not just one team but six or more. Due to the complex nature of micro molding and the critical nature of our customer’s technology, we must be thorough and ensure perfection for our customers. Here’s a brief look at the six sets of eyes, the teams they work with, and…

A pick-up operator checks the quality of a micro molded component under a microscope

Micro Mold Optics Basics (Webinar Transcript)

The following is a transcript from micro mold optics engineer Rick Brown of Accumold, during a webinar presentation for Photonics.com. My name is Rick Brown. I am the senior sales engineer for optical molding at Accumold. My background is in injection molding. I’ve been in the business for 47 years. I’ve been actively involved in…

micro optics fiber array

Environmental responsibility in manufacturing doesn’t end with recycling

As an extremely high volume micro molder for some of the worlds most impressive tech companies, we understand we have a big environmental responsibility in manufacturing. Even though a large amount of our customers require 100% virgin resin for their parts, the overwhelming majority of our manufacturing waste gets recycled for other uses. It’s not…

How we solved an impossible recycling problem.

A version of this article originally appeared in “Quartz” September 24, 2019. You can read the original here. For the consumer, recycling is easy. When you empty a jar, bottle, or any recyclable packaging, you rinse out the container and toss it in a bin—maybe you have to roll it to the curb once a…

Matt Iverson of Accumold stands beside a gaylord box of resin in the Accumold warehouse

A student details how the Accumold Scholars Program works.

The Accumold Scholars program is designed to fill Accumold’s critical talent pipeline by attracting high quality students. The program is specially designed in partnership with Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), and students who enroll in the program receive college tuition reimbursement, and paid on-the-job training. I sat down with Ronald Bair, a current Accumold…

Alyson Riesberg and Ronald Bair

What is the lead time for micro molding?

It’s a question we get quite a bit from OEMs and engineers, what is the lead time for micro molding? Generally speaking, the lead time for micro mold tooling is 4-7 weeks, but depending on the project, the time frame can change. Factors that determine micro mold lead time Depending on internal work load, our…

Aaron Johnson on The Robot Industry Podcast

Our own Vice President of Customer Strategy, Aaron Johnson, was invited onto the The Robot Industry Podcast to discuss the invention of micro molding and the demand for micro plastics. Show host Jim Beretta asked what actually classifies as micro molding, how many cavities our typical injection molding project has, the kinds of resin we…

Aaron Johnson on The Robot Industry Podcast (Continued)

The Robot Industry Podcast transcript starts on Page 1 » Jump To Audio » This transcript has been lightly edited for readability. Beretta: I’m used to your classic, traditional, automotive mold sizes. What’s a mold look like in micro molding and do you have thousands of cavities or how does that work? Johnson: That’s a…

The micro mold brings miniaturization to MedTech

Micro mold technology creates injection molded components that observe micron tolerances and incredible levels of detail. Due to the miniaturization of medical devices, this technology has become the lynchpin for medtech’s most incredible medical breakthroughs. Medical devices, including both surgical and implantable, once the size of a pager, are being reduced to the size of…

Micro Molding: The toolroom perspective & DfMM

There is a world of difference between how a product looks on a computer screen and reality. At the beginning of the design stage of product development, it is vital to give due consideration to the scale of micro molded part — especially the scale of some of its internal features. Put simply: parts may…